THIS BOOK REMOVES THE MYSTERY FROM MATHEMATICS SO AS TO FIND USUAL MATHEMATICS EASY.
Why is Mathematics difficult for many students and easy for few?
The truth, the main reason is that there are things a student is supposed to know or understand first about mathematics before he or she can understand usual mathematics. It is lack of knowledge of these certain ‘things’ that usually makes the subject difficult to understand – for many students. Unknowingly, many students usually move into mathematics and on and on in mathematics without first hearing or knowing for sure what mathematics is about, its origins, how things are done in the subject, why alphabets are used in mathematics and their meaning, the meaning of words in mathematics and the real meaning of equations in mathematics. I mean the plain English meaning of equations in everyday life! not in figures! Lack of knowledge of these and more surely makes the subject to be like an unknown ground for many students. Many students without the basic foundation information on mathematics try and try in vain to understand what they see done in books and in classroom. The subject just stays difficult for many. This book provides an end to all that. The book is for things to know on mathematics before facing usual school mathematics so as to understand usual school mathematics with ease.
Mathematics is a simple straightforward subject if basic foundation information on the subject are known; including information on how things are done in the subject and the meaning of everything you see in the subject, including why and how alphabets are used in the subject (and their meaning too). All these are explained in simple English Language in this book. After reading this book thoroughly, a student would find things in usual mathematics textbooks and what mathematics teachers say or do in a math class to be plain and understandable. The book is planned to bring a student thoroughly into regular school mathematics.
It is written for: (1) New High school (secondary school) students, so as to find mathematics easy from beginning.
(2) Students who are finding mathematics difficult, so as to trace their way into mathematics and start to find the subject easy.
(3) And for whoever wishes to know what mathematics is about, meaning of things in mathematics, and how things are done in mathematics – just for curiosity.
This book removes the mystery from mathematics so as to find usual mathematics easy.
Up to grade six, I had no problem learning and having good grades at school. In fact I improved gradually and came to top of class at some point. But from grade 7, first year in high school (secondary school) only mathematics started to gradually become funny. Alphabets started showing up in equations. We were no longer simply adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing numbers. Mathematics got more difficult to understand for many students; not for only me. I had no problem in other subjects except where mathematics showed up in chemistry, physics or in any other subject; and in a form that goes beyond simple additions, subtractions etc. A math teacher once told me in grade 9 (class 3) that “even if a worked solution of a problem in math is given to you to copy, you will sure still copy it wrong and fail math”. In grade 10 (year 4 of secondary school), I decided to look for books that have something to say about mathematics as a subject (not regular mathematics books). I mean books using plain English Language to discuss this subject. This search took me to libraries and involved looking up different books on history of math, use of alphabets in math, equations and more. It was a solo search for a way out of the embarrassing difficulty I was facing in math at school as a teenager. Some of these books are science encyclopedias. It took me two weeks of a kind of detective work, looking into the nature of the elusive subject known as mathematics. In the third week of this study, I was done. It was like my eyes got suddenly opened into a new world. I have come to know what mathematics is all about. It was then I realized why the subject has been difficult for me and for many students in high school (secondary school). There are many basic things that ought to be surely known first before one can be comfortable with regular school mathematics as one goes from grade to grade at school. These I have found out in my private probing. Students who are good in mathematics have a good knowledge of all or most of these basic facts. At that point in high school (secondary school) we were already in the ‘middle’ of physics and chemistry. I have suddenly started finding everything in classroom mathematics to be plain; physics and chemistry became plain and more interesting. The mathematics in them was no longer an obstacle. I jumped to top of the class overall in examination performance. The next best student was a brain but he also has been finding math difficult. We got to final year in high school (secondary school). We were close to final exams for our ordinary level school certificate when one day he pulled me to a corner and asked me how I did it to find math easy; he understood I had no private teacher. Beaming with a smile I opened up to him what I did a year earlier; searching the school library for books on mathematics history, use of alphabets and symbols in math, how things are done in math etc. He stared at me and said “I wished I asked you a year ago”. Talking about this fellow: He failed mathematics in the final exams but told me he would do all what I did to enter into mathematics. He repeated the final class, did what I did earlier about math, came to understand math, passed the repeated examination, went to college (university) and subsequently had a PhD in education Mathematics and became a mathematics lecturer in University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. Back to me, I ended up in a medical school.
I was in a club house swimming pool one day. A group of high school (secondary school) boys and girls who were present in the pool sat on the edge of the pool talking about their school subjects. I noticed almost all of them lamenting about math. They asked one of their friends how he came to be finding math easy. The boy said “I understand math and always know what to do”. That answer should make other students think the boy was maybe superior in brain. But I knew it was lack of knowledge of some basic aspects of the subject that was the problem with these beautiful teenagers. I decided to someday write a book that will in one place present all what is ought to be known so as to find mathematics easy. As a high school (Secondary School) student I gathered a knowledge that set me free; knowledge gotten through a study that took me into different books. I made up my mind to bring in one place all what ought to be known to guide every willing person into mathematics. ‘Students’ Companion in Mathematics’ is the book I thus came out with to make regular school math understandable for all.
Hobbies? Apart from swimming, I hike into jungles occasionally to see the wild. It can be interesting to stay in a jungle close to nightfall before leaving the jungle; that place comes alive with sounds of insects. Interesting world! I also listen to international news every day to be aware of developments, including international political unfolding, so as to be constantly informed on our civilization or era. Am also into fiction writing. I have a narrative about to be published on amazon kindle publishing; on what American kids or city bred worldwide experience in rural Africa when they are taken there. The novel, titled “Dropped in Africa”, is a collection of facts on rural Africa in present day world. The facts, arranged in a fictional order, is a very interesting narrative that should engross a reader from first page to the last page.
If you read ‘Students’ Companion in Mathematics’, you surely will find mathematics an amazing invention, and which is also interesting. Just few things previously not known are the usual cause of difficulty in understanding the subject. My present book makes that a thing of the past. Happy reading!